[ noun out-krahy; verb, out-krahy ]
/ noun ˈaʊtˌkraɪ; verb, ˌaʊtˈkraɪ /

noun, plural out·cries.

a strong and usually public expression of protest, indignation, or the like.
a crying out.
loud clamor.
an auction.

verb (used with object), out·cried, out·cry·ing.

to outdo in crying; cry louder than.

Nearby words

  1. outclass,
  2. outclimb,
  3. outcome,
  4. outcrop,
  5. outcross,
  6. outcurve,
  7. outdare,
  8. outdate,
  9. outdated,
  10. outdid

Origin of outcry

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at out-, cry

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noun (ˈaʊtˌkraɪ) plural -cries

a widespread or vehement protest
clamour; uproar
commerce a method of trading in which dealers shout out bids and offers at a prearranged meetingsale by open outcry

verb (ˌaʊtˈkraɪ) -cries, -crying or -cried

(tr) to cry louder or make more noise than (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for outcry



mid-14c., "act of crying aloud," from out + cry (v.). In metaphoric sense of "public protest," first attested 1911 in George Bernard Shaw.

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